- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Bloomfield man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 2011 killing of a Navajo woman in New Mexico.

Federal prosecutors say 40-year-old Jasper Fernandez entered a plea agreement in the case Monday in which he will serve at least three years in prison.

Fernandez had withdrawn an earlier guilty plea made in March.

Fernandez admitted during the hearing that he killed the 36-year-old victim while defending himself during a physical altercation Nov. 4, 2011 on the Navajo Nation.

He told authorities both he and the victim were intoxicated when she started punching and kicking him because he criticized her.

Fernandez says he pushed her away and caused her to hit her head against a car door.

Fernandez is accused of then burying her body.



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